Creative Writing Prompts

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Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.

Get Me Off This Island

Your plane crashes on a deserted island. You and two other passengers survive. The only salvageable items from the plane are pair of scissors, a stopwatch and an electric keyboard. Use these items creatively to get off the island. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your Last Line

Write the last line to an unwritten novel that’s so intriguing that others won’t help but want to read the book. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your 2010 Resolutions

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2010? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to see which ones you’ve accomplished and reflect on your writing year. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Elf Pink Slip

The countdown clock for Christmas is ticking. Santa’s elves begin working their magic on the assembly lines, but the line comes to a screeching halt when rumors leak that one elf is going to get let go that day. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Thanksgiving Burgers

Write about the only time you hosted Thanksgiving. Start with the line, “For my first Thanksgiving as host, I bought the biggest turkey they had in the store,” and end your story with “And that’s why we all ate hamburgers.” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Unusual Super Power

You wake up one day with an unusual super power that seems pretty worthless—until you are caught in a situation that requires that specific “talent.” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Kidnapped

You wake up shackled to a chair and can’t remember how you got there. Two voices are talking. You recognize one of them. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Halloween Party Mishap

You arrive at an annual Halloween party only to discover that someone else is dressed in the same costume as you. Bad things start happening to you throughout the night and you suspect this person has something to do with it. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your Future Writing Bio

Write a one-paragraph bio about your writing career to date. Then, write the one-paragraph bio you expect to have in 2020 (including all your major writing accomplishments). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Costume Contest

You’re 12 years old and have entered a school Halloween costume contest. There’s stiff competition, though you’re confident you’ll win—until you find out someone has bribed the judge. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

In Line for Concert Tickets

You’ve been waiting in a line for days to get concert tickets to your favorite band’s upcoming show. You’re keeping track of your experience in a journal. What does it say? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Misdialed Number

You’ve accidentally dialed the wrong phone number, but the person who answers sounds familiar. Immediately he/she recognizes you, but because made the call you’re too embarrassed to ask who it is. Using only dialogue, figure out who the person is. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Unsettling Fast Food Conversation

You roll through your favorite fast-food drive-thru, order your usual and wait for the cashier to repeat it back to you. Only, he doesn’t repeat it. Instead, through the speaker, you hear a very unsettling conversation. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Swim Club Scare

You and a friend break into your neighborhood swim club late one night to go for an after-hours dip. While splashing around in the pool, you go into shock when a dead body floats to the top. Worse yet—it’s someone you know. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the...

Acceptance Speech

Poking fun at you, a relative gives you a dubious award at a family picnic (“Worst Horseshoe Player,” “Best Beer Holder,” etc.). In a twist, you accept the award and give a short speech. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your Writing Tagline

M&M Candies “Melt in your mouth, not in your hands.” Miller Lite “Tastes great, less filling.” Describe yourself (or your writing) in ten words or fewer. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

You Can’t Name Your Baby That!

You and your spouse welcome a beautiful baby into your lives and, after going round and round on names, you choose one that’s very unusual. Write a scene where you announce the name to your family. Include their reaction and your explanation for choosing such an odd name. Post your response (500 words or...

Brian’s 4th of July Party

Your favorite newsletter editor Brian A. Klems hosted a 4th of July party for the WD staff, forum members and newsletter loyalists. It was all fun and games until one guest got a little out of control and broke Brian’s favorite possession. (What possession? The more creative/silly your answer, the better). Write this scene....

Making Your Bed

You forgot to make your bed this morning and your mom is on the prowl, ready to hand out punishment. In an effort to avoid grounding, make up an excuse (no matter how absurd) as to why you were unable to make your bed. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments...

Envy

Write about someone you envy. Start your story with, “I wish I didn’t envy (fill in the blank) so much, but I can’t help it.” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your Monster Returns

When you were little, you could swear there was a monster under your bed–but no one believed you. On the eve of your 30th birthday, you hear noises coming from under your bed once again. The monster is back and has an important message to deliver to you. Post your response (500 words or...